Combine Pre-Backblast: Ladder vs. Ladder

6 men entered the Combine this morning to get better somehow and this is what we did…

The Thang:

KBs to “Your Charlotte Hornets!” basketball court:  SSHs x25IC

Ladder Up!  10-round triplet of escalating burpees, thrusters and swings (x1-2-3, x2-4-6, x3-6-9…x10-20-30).  55 burpees, 110 thrusters and 165 swings.  Earlier finishers repeat non-KB triplet of 10 chgerkins-20 sumo squats-30 pistol LBCs (15 L/R) until six finishes and completes some/most of this non-KB circuit.

Leave KBs and head up to parking lot for face-down-body-on-ground-starting-position (#FDBOGSP) sprints (~100 yds each), x6

Back to KBs

Ladder Down!  10-round triplet of descalating burpees, snatches (half L/half R reps) and swings (x10-20-30, x9-18-27, x8-16-24…x1-2-3).  55 burpees, 110 snatches and 165 swings.  (So, 110 burpees and 330 swings total.  I cannot feel my forearms.)  Earlier finishers repeat non-KB triplet of 10 chgerkins-20 single leg squat touches-30 pistol LBCs (15 L/R) until six finishes and completes some/most of this non-KB circuit.

Leave KBs and head up to parking lot again for FDBOGSP sprints, x6


Naked Moleskin:

Hillary Is Old…and Reliable.  Hillary led most of the mumblechatter this morning including but not limited to commenting on the Q’s love of camo/chalk/pain delivery, discussing how he likes to “go down” (heeey-O … #awkward), and asking me quite sincerely post-COT if Slaughter could write the backblast because “He’s so good at it.”  Um, thanks for the vote of confidence…I’m literally right here in front of you.  Confident, friendly-but-not-afraid-to-ruffle-some-feathers stud.

Narc Is Young…and Fast.  Narc was crushing the circuit work, finishing minutes ahead of the rest of us…though mostly because he wasn’t doing the full exercises (yes, push-up at bottom of burpee, full squat in thruster, snatch not a clean, etc.).  Clearly ahead of his time in terms of F3 “time management” (i.e., cheating):  those are some 1st F veteran moves on Veteran’s Day weekend.  Nicely played.  Also, he is legit fast, absolutely crushing the rest of us geezers on the sprints.  12-0.  Young, energetic, up-and-coming, cheating stud.  (I can’t believe I’m literally twice his age.)

Slaughter is Medium…and Affable.  Good ol’ Slaughts and his good ol’ backblast writing.  A gentleman, a man of the people and a true #HIMF.  Always ready with a smile and a good-natured poke, like “What the hell are we doing, Lee?”  Really, really, really hate that guy.  #OppositeDay  Lovable, accountable and dependable stud.  (Look forward to reading your backblast of this…)

Tormund is Medium…and Bearded.  A relatively recent addition to F3, Tormund has accomplished a lot, most notably his dramatically-improved, more-culturally-woke F3 nickname from his initial one (Starburst or Sally Jessie Ralphael, I think) as well as his dramatically-improved fitness level that comes when you post 45 straight days.  Quiet, respectful, does-what-he’s-told-and-doesn’t-give-you-any-lip stud.

TML is Medium…and Indestructible (Mostly).  Think it was at Combine that TML was first sub-nicknamed (those are the best) “Pound-for-Pound” by Nibbler and there is good reason for that:  he loves to sell his famous-how-does-he-do-it lemon pound cakes for the local animal shelter…no, wait, it might be because he will gladly exchange a pound of cocaine (this is America, dammit, take your not-a-real-measurement “kilo” somewhere else) for taking a pound of flesh from your freakin’ face (#TerribleBargain)…no, no, it’s because he is actually a beast, that mythical F3 unicorn, both fast and strong.  No doubt, TML tore through both KB circuits (finishing with “Legit First” virtual medals for completed all KB exercises and/or counts) … until he came up a little lame during the 4th of 6 sprints before COT.  As Al Michaels would say, “He’s out with a groin.”  #alsoawkward  Hopefully, it was just a minor in-session tweak with no IR time required so he can still crush the Charlotte Marathon relay tomorrow.  #iceupson  Regardless, still a #4#, original Blue-Man-Group stud.

Thanks, Nancy Drew, for the opportunity to lead this crew at this still-great-though-shrinking-in-numbers workout.  Slaughts, please provide your own backblast at your convenience.


“In theory there is no difference between theory and practice.  In practice there is.” —Yogi Berra

One thought on “Combine Pre-Backblast: Ladder vs. Ladder

  • November 13, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Lee, now that’s how u write a BB. So I’m reduced to old and reliable. I hate that but will accept. Great Q but me thinks you are going to ruin our shoulders with that Q. Great summary of the pax. Tormund is a man to be reckoned with.

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